Gaslight by the Ruling Class

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society June 17, 2020 Police take the knee. NASCAR and the U.S. Marine Corps ban the display of the Confederate flag. Nancy Pelosi uses a kente scarf as a political prop. Joe Biden, one of the driving forces behind militarized police, the massive expansion of mass incarceration and the doubling … Continue reading Gaslight by the Ruling Class

Are You With Us or Against Us? – False Dichotomy

by David Martin edited by O Society June 5, 2020 From time immemorial, human beings put things in categories.  Language itself is a process of categorizing things, and since much of our thought process is verbal, our thoughts tend to split things into categories too, even when they fall along a continuum.  The tendency to put … Continue reading Are You With Us or Against Us? – False Dichotomy

We are Watching the Story of America Crash Headlong into the Reality of America in Real Time

https://youtu.be/VC36BthfGu8 Lies are emotionally comforting in times of distress, even when we know they are lies. The worse things get, the more we long to hear the lies. Yet cultures who can no longer face reality, who cannot distinguish between falsehood and truth, retreat into what Sigmund Freud calls “screen memories,” the merger of fact … Continue reading We are Watching the Story of America Crash Headlong into the Reality of America in Real Time

Agnotology: Inside Corporations’ War on Science

Sean Illing interviews David Michaels edited by O Society May 27, 2020 A new book explains how corporations create and spread a climate of doubt around science and expertise. Johnson & Johnson announced this week it will stop putting talc, a mineral linked to asbestos, in its baby powder products. The move comes after years of … Continue reading Agnotology: Inside Corporations’ War on Science

the Information Apocalypse is Already Here and Reality is a Loser

Supposedly we spent more than three years preparing for an information apocalypse. Why couldn’t we stop it with the coronavirus? by  Craig Silverman edited by O Society May 25, 2020 Two years ago, a video of former president Barack Obama calling President Donald Trump a “total and complete dipshit” was uploaded to YouTube. As the shock … Continue reading the Information Apocalypse is Already Here and Reality is a Loser

The science behind human irrationality just passed a huge test

5 Ways Behavioral Economics Changes the Way We Market Kahneman's foundational idea of behavioral economics stands up to replication test by Cathleen O'Grady edited by O Society May 24, 2020 If you won $100 tomorrow, you’d be pretty happy. And if you lost $100, you’d be less than thrilled. But those two feelings wouldn’t be the … Continue reading The science behind human irrationality just passed a huge test

A Plandemic of Pandas: Pandemonium in a Planetarium… wait, WTF?

No matter the details of the plot, conspiracy theories follow common patterns of thought by John Cook edited by O Society May 21, 2020 A sign of the times: a disinformation video called Plandemic recently went viral. Despite being taken down by YouTube and Facebook, it continues to get uploaded and viewed millions of times. The video … Continue reading A Plandemic of Pandas: Pandemonium in a Planetarium… wait, WTF?

Refusing to Wear a Mask Is a Uniquely American Pathology

  There is another layer—even above and beyond a denial of facts and science—that must be at play: There is a narcissistic obsession with being seen and recognized that feels quintessentially American, even in situations of life and death.  by Dahlia Lithwick May 20, 2020 The obsession with individualism and the misinterpretation of constitutional freedom collide … Continue reading Refusing to Wear a Mask Is a Uniquely American Pathology

The Paradox of Transformative Experience: The Vampire Problem

by Maria Popova edited by O Society May 20, 2020 To be human is to suffer from a peculiar congenital blindness: On the precipice of any great change, we can see with terrifying clarity the familiar firm footing we stand to lose, but we fill the abyss of the unfamiliar before us with dread at … Continue reading The Paradox of Transformative Experience: The Vampire Problem

Space Force Artemis Accords: Is Trump’s Plan to Sell the Moon to Private Mining Corporations Star Trek or Star Wars?

by Reuters edited by O Society May 20, 2020 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA on Friday set the stage for a global debate over the basic principles governing how humans will live and work on the moon, as it released the main tenets of an international pact for moon exploration called the Artemis Accords. The accords seek … Continue reading Space Force Artemis Accords: Is Trump’s Plan to Sell the Moon to Private Mining Corporations Star Trek or Star Wars?